In order to build and maintain strong relationships, whether in your personal or professional life, it’s crucial to practice open and honest communication but the reality is that for many of us it’s much easier said than done.
Learning to communicate effectively offers opportunities for cultivating self-awareness, building trust and it can be used as a strategy for conflict resolution.
Like any important life skill, good communication is something we can all improve with practice. If you need some inspiration to give yourself permission to express yourself fully, these communication quotes will remind you of how important a tool it is.
Good communication skills will bring you closer to achieving your vision of success than anything else you ever choose to invest in, and they will help you in all areas of your life.
From some of the world’s greatest thinkers, artists and philosophers, these communication quotes will remind you of how meaningful an action it is and just how impactful can be.
The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives.TONY ROBBINS
The whole problem is to establish communication with ones self.E. B. WHITE
Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.ROLLO MAY
But good healthy communication is impossible without openness, honesty, and vulnerability.PAUL KENDALL
A word to the wise is infuriating.HUNTER S. THOMPSON
I’m a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they’re interested in.BILL GATES
A language is not just words. It’s a culture, a tradition, a unification of a community, a whole history that creates what a community is. It’s all embodied in a language.NOAM CHOMSKY
The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.MAYA ANGELOU
It’s important to make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.BARACK OBAMA
We have two ears and one mouth, so we should listen more than we say.ZENO OF CITIUM
The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.PETER DRUCKER
Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.PLATO
Communication is the solvent of all problems and is the foundation for personal development.PETER SHEPHERD
I know I am talking nonsense, but I’d rather go rambling on, and partly expressing something I find it difficult to express, than to keep on transmitting faultless platitudes.THOMAS MANN
There is only one rule for being a good talker – learn to listen.CHRISTOPHER MORLEY
Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can’t, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.ROBERT FROST
The first problem of communication is getting people’s attention.CHIP HEATH
The less people know, the more they yell.SETH GODIN
The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.LARRY KING
Relationship communication quotes
We all want to feel heard and seen by our partners but not everyone is a natural and gifted communicator. You’ve probably heard that communication can either make or break a relationship which highlights why it’s so important to invest time and energy in enhancing our capacities.
These relationship quotes about communication will motivate you to strive for better and probably melt your heart a little.
I think for any relationship to be successful, there needs to be loving communication, appreciation, and understanding.MIRANDA KERR
A beautiful thing happens when we start paying attention to each other. It is by participating more in your relationship that you breathe life into it.STEVE MARABOLI
The first duty of love is to listen.PAUL TILLICH
When we don’t tell those we love about what’s really going on or listen carefully to what they have to say, we tend to fill in the blanks with stories.SHARON SALZBERG
No relationship can survive without trust, honesty, and communication, no matter how close you are.J. STERLING
My belief is that communication is the best way to create strong relationships.JADA PINKETT SMITH
When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.ERNEST HEMINGWAY
Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.STEPHEN COVEY
Emotional awareness is necessary so you can properly convey your thoughts and feelings to the other person.JASON GOLDBERG
Great communication begins with connection.OPRAH
It is the encounters with people that make life worth living.EMMA THOMPSON
Lack of communication quotes
Lack of communication can be costly. Too often, it leads to a host of problems, like stress and distrust, which only breeds more negativity. Not surprisingly, it’s one of the main reasons behind many break-ups.
Do you have poor communication in your relationship? Read through these quotes to find out what lack of communication means, what to look out for, and reflect on how you can do better.
A lack of communication leaves fear and doubt.KELLAN LUTZ
The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
Lack of communication, the refusal of some to understand, or outright refusal to learn about other human beings is based on fear. Fear is what keeps people apart.PIRI THOMAS
Constantly talking isn’t necessarily communicating.CHARLIE KAUFMAN
Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY
Communication works for those who work at it.JOHN POWELL
Any problem, big or small, within a family, always seems to start with bad communication. Someone isn’t listening.EMMA THOMPSON
The more we elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.J. B. PRIESTLEY
Business communication quotes
A business leader must be an impeccable communicator in a multitude of different relationships, from clients to employees. When all members of an organization have a clear sense of direction, there is typically more team engagement which drives better results.
If you’re looking to enhance productivity in the workplace or build trust within your team, let these business communication quotes inspire you to hone your skills.
Simple and to the point is always the best way to get your point across.GUY KAWASAKI
The key to handling problems and conflict within an organization is to keep the channels of communication wide open.ANITA RODDICK
The art of communication is the language of leadership.JAMES HUMES
In many ways, effective communication begins with mutual respect, communication that inspires, encourages others to do their best.ZIG ZIGLAR
Communication is your ticket to success if you pay attention and learn to do it effectively.THEO GOLD
The effectiveness of communication is not defined by the communication, but by the response.MILTON ERICKSON
Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.ANNE MORROW LINDBERGH
The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue.EDWARD R. MORROW
Think as a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.WILLIAM YEATS
Effective communication quotes
Life offers us so many opportunities to practice effective communication on a daily basis, whether it’s in the workplace, at home with your partner or with a stranger on the street.
Being able to convey a message, thought or feeling effectively starts with tuning in and really listening to others when they speak. It also involves becoming familiar with non-verbal communication and requires a good amount of assertiveness.
These quotes will encourage you to keep practicing effective communication every chance you get.
To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.TONY ROBBINS
Be sincere; be brief; be seated.FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT.
The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.MARK TWAIN
Seek first to understand, then to be understood.STEPHEN COVEY
Communication is power. Those who have mastered its effective use can change their own experience of the world and the world’s experience of them. All behavior and feelings find their original roots in some form of communication.TONY ROBBINS
I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.ALBERT EINSTEIN
Who you are is speaking so loudly that I can’t hear what you’re saying.RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Great speakers are not born, they’re trained.DALE CARNEGIE
Positive and inspirational communication quotes
By being open and honest in our communication with others, we’re able to build trust with each other, which typically leads to more fulfilling relationships and experiences.
Great communicators have one thing in common: they listen. If you too want to become an excellent communicator, these quotes will inspire you to brush up on your skills.
The best way to solve problems and to fight against war is through dialogue.MALALA YOUSAFZAI
We always speak well when we manage to be understood.MOLIERE
First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.EPICTETUS
If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.ISAAC NEWTON
When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.MALALA YOUSAFZAI
You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life.ZIG ZIGLAR
Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.RUDYARD KIPLING
The ability to listen is as important as the ability to speak. Miscommunication is always a two way street.SHARON SANDBERG
Language exerts hidden power, like the moon on the tides.RITA MAE BROWN
We speak not only to tell other people what we think, but to tell ourselves what we think. Speech is a part of thought.OLIVER SACKS
If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.MARK TWAIN
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.MOTHER TERESA
How would your life be different if… You pretended those around you were deaf to your words? Let today be the day… You let your actions speak and communicate your feelings and intentions.STEVE MARABOLI
When we learn to speak, we learn to translate. –OCTAVIO PAZ
When we change the way we communicate, we change society.CLAY SHIRKY
To communicate through silence is a link between the thoughts of man.MARCEL MARCEAU
The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t being said. The art of reading between the lines is a lifelong quest of the wise.SHANNON L. ALDER
Many can argue – not many converse.AMOS BRONSON ALCOTT
Writing and cookery are just two different means of communication.MAYA ANGELOU (MORE MAYA ANGELOU QUOTES)
Nonverbal communication is an elaborate secret code that is written nowhere, known by none, and understood by all.EDWARD SAPIR
“Our hearts are not stones. A stone may disintegrate in time and lose its outward form. But hearts never disintegrate. They have no outward form, and whether good or evil, we can always communicate them to one another.HARUKI MURAKAMI
Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity. The greatest problem with communication is we don’t listen to understand. We listen to reply. When we listen with curiosity, we don’t listen with the intent to reply. We listen for what’s behind the words.ROY T. BENNETT
Reading is that fruitful miracle of communication in the midst of solitude.MARCEL PROUST
You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time.M. SCOTT PECK
When you give yourself permission to communicate what matters to you in every situation you will have peace despite rejection or disapproval. Putting a voice to your soul helps you to let go of the negative energy of fear and regret.SHANNON L. ALDER
Only through communication can human life hold meaning.PAULO FREIRE
Honest, open communication is the only street that leads us into the real world… We then begin to grow as never before. And once we are on this road, happiness cannot be far away.JOHN POWELL
If you wish to converse with me, define your terms.VOLTAIRE
Write to be understood, speak to be heard, read to grow.LAWRENCE CLARK POWELL
Communication quotes to inspire your team at work
Good communication between all members of a team is vital to success, but the truth is communication isn’t exactly the easiest skill to develop.
The good news is, just like any skill, it’s possible to improve with practice. If you’re looking to motivate your team, they might find some inspiration in these quotes about communication.
I motivate players through communication, being honest with them, having them respect and appreciate your ability and your help.TOMMY LASORDA
Communication is the real work of leadership.NITIN NOHRIA
All communication must lead to change.ARISTOTLE
Communication is the sister of leadership.JOHN ADAIR
We are stronger when we listen, and smarter when we share.RANIA AL-ABDULLAH
The two words ‘information’ and ‘communication’ are often used interchangeable, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.SYDNEY J. HARRIS
Only as we keep an open communication with our deep inner life will we have the wisdom to make effective choices.STEPHEN COVEY
The tongue is the only instrument that gets sharper with use.WASHINGTON IRVING
Good communication is the bridge between confusion and clarity.NAT TURNER
The limits of my language means the limits of my world.LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN
Communication is a skill that you can learn. It’s like riding a bicycle or typing. If you’re willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life.BRIAN TRACY
The goal is to provide inspiring information that moves people to action.GUY KAWASAKI
It is not the voice that commands the story; it is the ear.ITALO CALVINO